Identity, well-being and autonomy in ongoing puberty suppression for non-binary adults: a response to the commentaries
Lauren Notini, Brian D Earp, Lynn Gillam, Julian Savulescu, Michelle Telfer, Ken C Pang
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020
In this article, we analyse the novel case of Phoenix, a non-binary adult requesting ongoing puberty suppression (OPS) to permanently prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics, as a way of affirming their gender identity. We argue that (1) the aim of OPS is consistent with the proper goals of medicine to promote well-being, and therefore could ethically be offered to non-binary adults in principle; (2) there are additional equity-based reasons to offer OPS to non-binary adults as a group; and (3) the ethical defensibility of facilitating individual requests for OPS from non-binary adults also depends on other relevant considerations, including the balance of potential benefits..View full abstract
Awarded by Wellcome Trust
JS was supported by the Wellcome Trust (WT203132/Z/16/Z and WT104848/Z/14/Z). LN is the recipient of an Early Career Researcher Grant awarded by the University of Melbourne (project title: 'The ethics of ongoing puberty suppression for gender non-binary youth').